★★★★ 'Thoughtful, tender and luminous' The Times
★★★★ 'Well-crafted' Daily Mail
★★★★ 'Gripping' The Independent
★★★★ 'Beautiful' The Telegraph
★★★★ 'Grippingly clever' The Stage
“Love changes us. Love’s alchemy! In that furnace everything changes. Hard stone shatters, iron goes soft and turns to liquid… and so do we… in love’s fire”
Based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613, The Herbal Bed is a powerful thriller about human desire. When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery, her family’s lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny. Culminating in a dramatic trial at Worcester Cathedral, the scandal threatens to destroy her family’s reputation within their tight-knit community.
Originally produced to great acclaim by the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Herbal Bed was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway, with an Olivier Award nomination and writer Peter Whelan winning Playwright of the Year.
The production features a beautiful original score by acclaimed Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson (previous collaborations with Bjork and Damon Albarn). It is directed by Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre whose recent credits include King John in a co-production with Shakespeare’s Globe and the UK tour of Brave New World. Design is by Jonathan Fensom who worked with James the critically acclaimed production of Peter Whelan’s The Accrington Pals at the Royal Exchange Theatre, winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Design.
Cast includes Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre), Philip Correia (Doctors, The History Boys), Jonathan Guy Lewis (Coronation Street, Soldier Soldier), Patrick Driver, Michael Mears, Charlotte Wakefield and Matt Whitchurch..